Physics 42200 - Waves and Oscillations

Course description:

PDF version: Download syllabus and course schedule here.
Instructor: Jones
Title: Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics II
Offering: Spring, 3 credit hours.
Room : Phys 112
Time : M,W,F 3:30-4:20 pm
Prerequisites: Phys 272H, Phys 241
Text:A. P. French, Vibrations and Waves, M.I.T. Introductory Physics Series
Eugene Hecht, Optics - 4th Edition, Addison Wesley (recommended)
Grading:30% assignments, 30% midterm, 40% final
Lowest assignment grade discarded.
Distribution of final grades.
Description: The physics of waves and oscillations including sound, elastic, and electromagnetic waves. Topics range from the theory of simple harmonic oscillators, transverse modes of a continuous string, and physical optics including interference, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, and resolution, diffraction of X-rays and electrons by crystals.
Week of Jan 7 Introduction to harmonic motion
Jan 14Electromagnetic theory I
Jan 21Electromagnetic theory II (No class Monday - MLK jr. Day)
Jan 28Superposition of harmonic waves
Feb 4Free vibrations of physical systems
Feb 11Forced vibrations of physical systems
Feb 18Coupled oscillators and normal modes
Feb 25Normal modes of continuous systems, Fourier analysis
Mar 4Progressive waves
Mar 6Midterm exam... Solutions... Distribution of grades.
Mar 11No classes - spring break
Mar 18Propagation of light
Mar 25Geometrical optics I
Apr 1Geometrical optics II
Apr 8Polarization
Apr 15Interference
Apr 22Diffraction
Apr 29Final exam - Tuesday, April 30th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, room PHYS 112
You can bring two pages of formuals/notes to the exam.
Exam... distribution of grades, correlation with midterm.
Assignments: Assignment 1 - Due January 18th... Solutions.
Assignment 2 - Due January 25th... Solutions.
Assignment 3 - Due February 1st... Solutions.
Assignment 4 - Due February 8th... Solutions.
Assignment 5 - Due February 15th... Solutions.
Assignment 6 - Due February 22nd... Solutions.
Assignment 7 - Due March 1st... Solutions.
Assignment 8 - Due March 29th... Solutions.
Assignment 9 - Due April 8th... Solutions.
Assignment 10 - Due April 15th... Solutions.
Assignment 11 - Due April 22th... Solutions... Distribution of homework grades.
Lecture notes: Can be found here.